January 20, 2018

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CLEL Announces Shortlist for 2014 Bell Picture Book Awards

CLELBellLogoColorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) has announced the shortlists today for its 2014 CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards. The Awards were created earlier this year to celebrate books that foster adult-child engagement around the early literacy practices of read, write, sing, talk, and play. The shortlists include 25 titles published in 2013, five in each of the categories representing an early literacy practice. The winning titles, one from each category, will be announced on February 5, 2014.

“We are confident that adults and children will have fun exploring these books together and we’re excited about the ways engagement with these titles can support children as they get ready to read,” says Carol Edwards, co-manager of children’s and family services at the Denver Public Library, CLEL member, and a member of the inaugural Bell Awards selection committee.

The shortlists are as follows:

Again by Emily Gravett (S & S); I’m Not Reading by Jonathan Allen, illustrated by Suzy Lee (Boxer Books/Sterling); Open This Little Book by Jesse Kausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee (Chronicle); Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne (Nosy Crow); The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman (Viking).

Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter (Beach Lane Books); The Line by Paula Bossio (Kids Can Press); Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin (HarperCollins); My First Touch and Trace: First ABC (Tiger Tales); The Things I Can Do by Jeff Mack (Roaring Brook Press).

Lullaby (For a Black Mother) by Langston Hughes , illustrated by Sean Qualls (Houghton Mifflin); Marc Brown’s Playtime Rhymes by Marc Brown ( Little, Brown); Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía Una Llamita by Angela Dominguez (Henry Holt; Nighty-Night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin); Sing by Joe Raposo, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Henry Holt).

Diggers Go by Steve Light (Chronicle); I Like Berries, Do You? by Marjorie Pitzer (Woodbine House); Moo! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Walker Books); Rain by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Houghton Mifflin); Which is Round? Which is Bigger? by Mineko Mamada (Kids Can Press).

Hooray Parade by Barbara Joose, illustrated by Hyewon Yum (Viking); Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook Press); Wiggle by Taro Gomi (Chronicle ); Windblown by Édouard Manceau (Owlkids Books, 2013); The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley (National Geographic).

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Karyn M. Peterson (kpeterson@mediasourceinc.com) is a former News Editor ofSLJ.



  1. I’m still waiting to see all the books in each category — some are checked out of our library, some we don’t own, but I was surprised that Christie Matheson’s book “Tap the Magic Tree” wasn’t included in the PLAY category. While it might be considered a little derivative of Herve Tullet’s “Press Here,” its playful and interactive approach to the seasonal cycle of a tree’s growth is truly magical!